Dear Hacker: Letters to the Editor of 2600

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John Wiley & Sons, Jun 21, 2010 - Computers - 576 pages
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Actual letters written to the leading hackers' magazine

For 25 years, 2600: The Hacker Quarterly has given voice to the hacker community in all its manifestations. This collection of letters to the magazine reveals the thoughts and viewpoints of hackers, both white and black hat, as well as hacker wannabes, technophiles, and people concerned about computer security. Insightful and entertaining, the exchanges illustrate 2600’s vast readership, from teenage rebels, anarchists, and survivalists to law enforcement, consumer advocates, and worried parents.

  • 2600: The Hacker Quarterly has been the hacker community’s flagship publication for 25 years; this unique anthology shares letters received by the editor over the life of the magazine
  • Grouped into nine categories, the letters offer insight into the magazine’s widely varied readership as well as a look at the progression of technology over a quarter century
  • Ranging from hilarious to disturbing, the letters sometimes evolve into lengthy exchanges and often generated a response from editor Emmanuel Goldstein, a rock star among hackers

Dear Hacker is must reading for technology aficionados, 2600's wide and loyal audience, and anyone seeking entertainment well laced with insight into our society.


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Emmanuel Goldstein ( has been publishing 2600 Magazine, The Hacker Quarterly, since 1984. He traces his hacker roots to his high school days in the late '70s, when he first played with a distant computer over highspeed, 300-baud phone lines. It didn't take long for him to get into trouble by figuring out how to access something he wasn’t supposed to access. He continued playing with various machines in his college days at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. This resulted in an FBI raid, as he once again gained access to something he really shouldn't have. It was in the midst of all this excitement that he cofounded 2600 Magazine, an outlet for hacker stories and tutorials from all over the world. The rapid growth and success of the magazine was both shocking and scary to Goldstein, who to this day has never taken a course in computers. Since 1988, he has also hosted Off The Hook, a hacker-themed technology talk show on WBAI 99.5 FM in New York City. In addition to making the hacker documentary Freedom Downtime, Goldstein hosts the Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE) conferences in New York City every two years, drawing thousands of hackers from all over the world.

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